Updated: Jun 28, 2019
AMH or Anti-Mullerian Hormone is a substance that is produced by 'immature eggs' in the ovary of females. These 'immature eggs' are called preantral and antral follicles.
AMH produced from these eggs circulates in our blood stream, and therefore can be measured with the help of a blood test.
Since the amount of AMH produced depends on the number of follicles, more the number of eggs in the ovary, higher the levels of AMH, and vice versa.
This makes AMH a good test for measuring OVARIAN RESERVE or stock of eggs that you may have left in your ovaries.
Besides, AMH can be measured at any time of the menstrual cycle unlike other tests used for Ovarian reserve, making it easy for women to organise.
The problem with AMH however, is that even though it is predictive of quantity, it is not predictive of egg quality.
In general, a value of 1 to 4 ng/ml is considered normal for AMH. A level below 1 indicates a poor stock of eggs, and that above 4 may be indicative of PCOS.
Further, AMH levels peak around the age of 20 years after which they decline each year with the ticking biological clock.
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